The Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens gives away free tickets on the 1st of the month for visiting on the first Thursday of the next month, such as tomorrow Nov 1st for Dec 3rd. The free tickets go fast, so make sure to call 800.838.3006 or go online at 9 AM on the dot. The limit is 5 free tickets per request. You can choose tickets to come at morning entry (10:30 AM to Noon) or afternoon entry (1:30 - 3:00 PM), but please note that the closing time is 4:30 PM. You may be tempted to lay on the greenery in 1 of the 7 botanical gardens so bring something to sit on. Unfortunately, no food and picnicking are permitted, but you can enjoy something from their tea room and cafe. The tea room is popular, so reservations are recommended. If you miss the free tickets, admission is $15-20 for adults and parking is free. When I visited The Huntington, I was amazed at how something this serene yet grand was in the middle of Los Angeles (actually, it's in Pasadena).
UPDATE 01/09/10: Get your FREE tickets on February 1st at 9 AM sharp for use on March 4th. Check online for the exact dates of the monthly Free Days.
UPDATE 02/23/10: Get 2-for-1 admission ANYTIME through the end of March 2010. Click HERE for a printable coupon.
Approximate cost of creative date idea = Free.
Actual value of the cheap date idea = $40.
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